My golden/lab/collie cross can eat cooked turkey and chicken but she will throw up the cooked skins from these birds. She will also throw up cooked salmon skin. My cat will also throw up cooked salmon skin too.
I keep telling my husband not to give our dog fatty meat and that includes the cooked skins because my husband ikes to give our pets table scraps. My husband used to bring home cooked pork leftovers from his mom to give to our dog. I stopped that after my dog started getting sick from it.
If you have ever had a pet with cancer, the medical terms about the various types of cancers can be overwhelming to say the least and a word that has one meaning to a lay person may not mean the same thing to a health professional. Dr Hohenhaus discusses a recent situation that occurred with a client due to a misunderstanding about what the words "tumor" and "cancer" mean.
Have you ever had a pet with cancer? I remember when my family met with the vet internist to tell us that our cat Samantha likely had thyroid or larynx cancer but it wasn't operable. It was kind of a surreal visit even though the doctor was kind and professional.
Have you had a visit with a vet that didn't go as well as you had expected due to communication problems?
The ABC News - Good Morning America website has a "good news" story about U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan having pets.. While officially soldiers aren't allowed to have pets; unofficially, it's a different story. Who couldn't fall in love with the adorable face of "Athena" or give a big hug to "Ike", the dogs featured in the photos of this story.
Pets and wonderful for stress management, and what is more stressful than being in a war zone? I'm glad that dogs are being used as unofficial mascots to boost morale and offer comfort in a time of need.
If you've ever served in the military or if you were in a military family do you have any good news stories that you want to share about your pets?
My dad was in the U.S. Army one of my favorite photos of him was taken during the Korean War -- he's in his green army fatigues and he's holding a black and white cat. I don't know if the cat was his or if it was a stray cat, but it doesn't matter. It is the only photo I have of him with a pet.
Do you have any favorite memories you would like to share here with your fellow community members?
I wish that we could have crystal balls every time a pet gets sick (including my own pets) but it's just not possible. Given that you've said that your pet isn't drinking water, your dog could get dehydrated easily so please give your vet a call and get your dog examined to find out what could be wrong.
I just want to wish everyone here an early Happy Mother's Day in advance to all the pet mommies of fur babies and other pets!
Whether you are a mom to a cat, dog, bird, reptile, or other creature, I wish you all the best as you think about your pets past and present. I hope you have good memories on Sunday, May 8th and that you do something special with or for your pet that day.
I think about my 3 cats that have crossed over the rainbow bridge as well as my friend's cat and dog whom I used to pet sit that have also passed on.
If your pet has ever been on a prescription pet food that you have bought from a vet, you may wonder what's in it and what happens to the food when the food looks different or the packaging has changed.
Dr Hohenhaus has a doggie patient whose owner had just that concern and Dr Hohenhaus contacted the pet food maker and found out that even if the color of the food has changed, the food is the same and that there are changes in food color due to the seasonal differences in the food that makes up the pet food.
Read more about prescription pet foods and have your say here or on the blog itself.
My late cat and my current dog have both been on prescription pet foods and so I've always wondered if they make a difference in the pet's health.
How about you? What do you think about prescription pet foods?
It's hard to believe that the summer holidays are just around the corner and that means playing outside more often for your dogs and maybe your cats too.
Some hazards that your dog can run into are poison ivy, skunks, or animals that can transmit rabies. Make sure that your dog vaccinations and cat vaccinations are up to date. Use preventative medication for fleas, ticks , and heartworms . Do you let your cats outside in the summer? Be careful if your cat is territorial because you could be faced with a big vet bill if your cat gets into a fight with another cat.
Lost pets are a preventable tragedy. Make sure your pets are microchipped , wear a collar with a tag; and that your contact information is current. It can cost as little as $25 to microchip your pet so don't let cost be a factor that stands in the way of getting this done. Many shelters microchip pets, so inquire if they will do it for you or refer you to a low cost vet to have this done.
What tips do you have to get your pet ready for summer?